Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

Would you like to know more about working hours, time off, pocket money, holiday and language courses for au pairs in Ireland? Keep reading to get the information you need.


Au pair duties include childcare and light housework. Before you set off, you should discuss your duties with your host family. It is advised that you include a list of all your duties and rights in the au pair contract. More information can be found on our page about the au pair contract, insurance and driving licence in Ireland.

Pocket money

In addition to board and lodging, an au pair in Ireland will receive weekly payment in accordance with Minimum Wage requirements for employees during the first year of employment. The publication about employing domestic workers in Ireland from the Workplace Relations Commision could be helpful in this matter.

Board and lodging

According to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs are entitled to receive free board and lodging, even if au pairs are ill or on holidays. Nevertheless, due to the Irish Minimum Wage requirements, if au pairs receive board and lodging in kind, the costs of such board and lodging must be deducted from their monthly pocket money.

Currently, the weekly value for board and lodging is set at €54.13.

Working hours

According to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs typically work 30 hours per week. Your family can ask you to do some babysitting up to 3 evenings per week, which should be included in your working hours.

Holidays/Free time

Again according to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs are entitled to two days off per week and to one week of paid holiday per six months.

In Ireland, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

Language course

As an au pair, you should be given the possibility to attend a language course. Normally, you bear the course cost yourself.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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